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Senate Bills

Daines/Merkley Veterans Equal Access Amendment

Permits physicians affiliated with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to recommend cannabis therapy to veterans in states that allow for its therapeutic use. More info

Mikulski Amendment Protecting State Medical Marijuana Laws

Limits the Justice Department’s ability to take criminal action against state-licensed operations that are acting in full compliance with the medical marijuana laws of their states. More info

Merkley Marijuana Banking Amendment

Prohibits the US Treasury Department from using federal funds to take punitive actions against banks that provide financial services to marijuana-related businesses that are operating legally under state laws. More info

'N/A' means that the Senator did not have the opportunity to vote on this amendment.

Senators

  • Joni Ernst (R)

    IOWA

    NORML Grade: D

    Votes

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    Comments

    While the Senator says she has supported the use of cannabis oil in the past, she says she is against the opening of those dispensaries, and the general use of medical marijuana. "What I would like to see happen first is to see concrete medical evidence that this can be appropriately controlled and utilized in a very very controlled manner," says Ernst. "I would like to see additional research done on medical marijuana before we throw it at Iowans."

  • Chuck Grassley (R)

    IOWA

    NORML Grade: D-

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    S. 3269 Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act

    Comments

    "I oppose moving marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug, based on the current science on the risks and benefits," Grassley wrote in a statement released by his staff. "Recent studies suggest marijuana use by young people can cause long-term and possibly permanent damage to brain development." However, he said, "for children suffering from severe epileptic seizures, the anecdotal evidence says components of the marijuana plant might help. I want to help those children. The key is aggressive medical research." "Marijuana is a dangerous and addictive drug," said Grassley, who turns 80 next week. "It's illegal under international law as well, and the treaty requires us to restrict its use to scientific and medical uses. These [legalization] laws flatly contradict our federal law. Some experts fear a Big Marijuana, a Starbucks of marijuana," he lamented.

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House Bills

Veterans Equal Access Amendment

Permits physicians affiliated with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to recommend cannabis therapy to veterans in states that allow for its therapeutic use. More info

McClintock/Polis Amendment

Seeks to halt Justice Department interference among individuals and businesses engaged in state-compliant transactions particular to both the medical or recreational use of cannabis. More info

Rohrabacher/Farr Amendment

Prohibits the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical marijuana programs and the patients who rely on them. More info

Reps

  • Rod Blum (R)

    IOWA

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    H.R. 1635: Charlotte's Web Medical Access Act of 2015
  • David Loebsack (D)

    IOWA

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    H.R. 1635: Charlotte's Web Medical Access Act of 2015
    H.R. 1538: CARERS Act of 2015
  • David Young (R)

    IOWA

    NORML Grade: C

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    H.R. 1538: CARERS Act of 2015
    H.R. 525: Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015

    Comments

    "Young said the legalization of medical marijuana in Iowa — a topic that has reached bipartisan support in the state — the decision comes down to access to the “safest and most effective” medical treatments. “If that is medical marijuana, than so be it,” he said on Sept. 11. Monday, however, Young maintained he does not favor state legalization. When asked if a quasi-interstate commerce system where users could transfer pot from some states such as Colorado back to Iowa, both he and Appel said accessibility of the drug should be had." 10/5/2014 (Link)

  • Steve King (R)

    IOWA

    NORML Grade: F

    Votes

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    Comments

    "For everyone who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that--they weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert," 7/20/2013 (Link)

This information is continually being updated. If you have an additional public comment that we do not have record of or any additional information please email politics@norml.org.